teak wrote:You are judging people from the way they write, I feel.
I have given you an explanation that you seemed to lack.
I myself (a layman) was just as ignorant of modern house design up to not so long ago.
Why you see my suggestion of removing the fireplace element as some sort of attack on all you hold dear, I cannot work out.
Ok teak, this is where I'm going to climb off your crazy train.
I had mistakenly inferred that you were a 'professional architect' as you had previously stated that this thread was aimed at such people.
Your assertion that my position is a defence of the open fireplace is a misunderstanding on your behalf.
When you say you were just as ignorant of modern house design up to not so long ago, who were you just as ignorant as? You betrayed your ignorance in almost every post you made on this thread, so you're not quite there yet.
If you want professional design advice before you build your house, I don't think an internet forum is the way to go, especially if you end up pointlessly debating things that you don't seem to fully understand with pig-headed, anonymous people like me.
Find an architect, PAY HIM, then cross your fingers.